Animal Man #0

Animal Man #0

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Steve Pugh Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 5, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 4
8.1Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

What is the secret history of Animal Man? Learn how Buddy got his powers! Plus: A terrible secret is revealed as Rotworld draws closer!

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Sep 6, 2012

    So, Lemire continues to build Animal Man's world and delivers a great re-imagining of the classic hero's origin. A script that seems fresh and full of character is married to great visuals as Pugh produces his best work of the series so far. It is a great jumping on point if you have yet to experience one of DC's best titles. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Barron Network - R.Barron Sep 6, 2012

    If you are not reading Animal Man then I absolutely think you're missing out. I actually began reading Animal Man because of the DC reboot and I am completely thrilled I picked up this title. If you're looking for a jumping on point this issue as well as Animal Man #12 is a great place. Trust me you will not be disappointed once you start reading the adventures of Buddy Baker aka Animal Man! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 5, 2012

    ANIMAL MAN is one of the New 52's best books, hands down, and this origin issue is exactly what I wanted and every ANIMAL MAN fan deserves. I loved how this story came together and the revamp of his origin. Jeff Lemire has done a wonderful on this book so far. Steve Pugh's art is a great mixture of more classic and contemporary art styles and both the writing and art compliment each other perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Sep 6, 2012

    It might seem like a burden to read this book alongside Swamp Thing if you haven't started already, but it's totally worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Brad Wiegele Sep 5, 2012

    Animal Man #0 is a prime example of how to do a revised origin story. Lemire tells it from beginning to end with no fluff or pointless tangents. It serves to give new readers what they need to know about the character, while still giving longtime readers plenty of new info. Many origin issues can feel like pure recap that can make dedicated fans feel like they got nothing new. Animal Man #0 is must read for fans of this series. It answers BIG questions about Buddy, his powers, and his role in the coming war with the Rot. If youve slept on Animal Man until this point, get on now, because I have a feeling this is the last breather we are going to get for months as Rotworld approaches. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 7, 2012

    An enlightening reintroduction of Animal Man to a new generation, with strong art. For the loyalists, there's stuff to enjoy, but it won't be quite as substantial. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Sep 7, 2012

    This is definetley a BUY this week, for fans of Swamp Thing too, as ST's archrival shows up in here too. As a quick closing comment: I would totally pay to see Chicken Thief 3. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Sep 5, 2012

    If not required reading, Animal Man #0 is still an enjoyable issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Sep 6, 2012

    If you're looking for an issue that will show you why this Zero Month was essential on DC's part, then this won't be the the one you're looking for, but if you're just an Animal Manreader looking forward to the next issue of this series, hoping for an amusing re-telling of his classic origin, then you might wind up more satisfied. Either way, the issue isn't the most necessary one, and aside from a couple pages that reveal the threat of The Rot is nothing new, I think readers could skip it and be okay to just grab #13 next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Scott West Sep 8, 2012

    Steve Pugh's artwork is, as always, very beautiful and fitting for this title but that doesn't elevate this special #0 issue beyond being just "good". If you're an 'Animal Man' completist, you might want to check this one out. If not, you could probably skip it and jump right into next issue as the "Rotworld" story really picks up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Brandon Dingess Sep 10, 2012

    There's nothing technically wrong with the book: It's a solid origin that reinvents the character without completely jettisoning what came before, though the art falls a little short in capturing feeling of "otherness" I've come to expect from the title. But, hey, we're treated to a few panels of a "The Greatest American Hero" homage which alone earns it a bluebillion points of good will. Pick it up if you missed out getting in on "Animal Man" last year and need a good jumping-on point. Three and a half stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Sep 20, 2012

    All 0-issues are definitely meant for new readers. It's overall enjoyable, but there's not enough "new" here to keep the book interesting for longtime fans of Animal Man like myself. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Sep 10, 2012

    On the whole, this is a solid origin issue, but there's nothing must-read about it. Compared to Lemire's very good run on "Animal Man," it feels like a little side-step that we just have to get through before returning to the great stuff. While "Animal Man" #0 is a strong entry among the DC zero issues I've read so far, it's a weak entry among good comics in general and Jeff Lemire's work specifically. It will be good to get back to business as usual on this book next month. Read Full Review

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